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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Climate change
December 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The best option

The Seattle Times editorial “Inslee’s budget goals are good; approach is risky” [Opinion, Dec. 21] was inconclusive. On one hand, the editorial says that “climate change is real and serious, and Inslee’s plan to ease the state away from carbon usage is an important goal.” But then says, “Linking revenue from a new cap-and-trade…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Ben Serrurier, can-and-trade, carbon tax

November 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The governor needs to get to work on other issues beside climate change

Columnist Robert J. Vickers surprise at Gov. Jay Inslee’s lack of leadership on key state issues cannot be described as either absentee nor strategist [“Is Gov. Jay Inslee an absentee governor or a patient strategist?,” Opinion, Nov. 24]. Inslee has no grasp of any problems facing this state as was clearly shown during…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jeff B. Robinson

November 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Climate change: Carbon tax is the best solution

NRG Energy Chief Executive David Crane should be applauded for his commitment to carbon reductions, but I disagree with his continuing reliance on coal and carbon capture, a yet-unproven technology to accomplish his carbon reduction goals [“NRG’s business ideas on carbon reduction,” Opinion, Nov, 25]. He acknowledges that a “carbon tax” would be a…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, Citizens Climate Lobby, climate change

November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Climate change: Praise for Gov. Jay Inslee

I am extremely pleased with the leadership Jay Inslee has shown on climate change [“Inslee climate push to go beyond carbon pricing,” Local News, Nov. 17]. We need more elected representatives who have the courage to do what’s right for our state, now and in the future. That said, I would encourage the governor…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: cap and trade, carbon tax, climate change

November 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Climate change: U.S. is easing its guilt with $3B pledge

The United States is pledging $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help developing countries adjust to climate change [“U.S. pledges $3B to help poor nations with climate change,” Nation & World, Nov. 14]. Imagine this wave of fortune for countries like Bangladesh with 156 million people who are already suffering in poverty, stricken…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: accountability, climate change, global warming

November 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Tom Steyer’s money: It’s not so clean

I find the fact that Tom Steyer can contribute nearly $1.5 million to Democratic causes in Washington state [“Debate climate policy in the open,” Opinion, Oct. 29] as an environmentalist from out of state absurd given the fact that he made the bulk of his fortune, and continues to collect millions of dollars,…

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Comments | More in Climate change, Election | Topics: Barry Savage, climate change, Democrats

October 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Climate change: Finally time to recognize the threat it poses

The Pentagon now says that climate change poses an immediate security threat, increasing risks from terrorism, infectious disease, poverty, and hunger [“U.S.: Climate change poses security threat,” Nation & World, Oct. 3]. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns that “droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Chuck Hagel, climate change, Davis Oldham

September 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Climate change: Modify models when new data come along

Former University of Washington scientists found that “An average coastal temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius since 1900 along the West Coast” was not mostly caused by human activity [“Study says natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming,” Local News, Sept. 22]. Researcher Jim Johnstone concluded, “The winds have changed in a manner that…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, global warming, Steven Adler

September 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Climate Change: All candidates for public office need to work on global warming

Thank you for your coverage of the People’s Climate March in New York, as well as the thousands of rallies held around the world [“Worldwide rallies call for action now on climate change,” Nation & World, Sept. 21]. People from all parts of the country and around the world are seeing the effects…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Citizens Climate Lobby, climate change, Fran Koehler

July 9, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Energy policy: Don’t hamper underway efforts to combat climate change

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ guest column in the Seattle Times [“Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state,” Opinion, July 2] is a good review of hydropower, but not of climate change. McMorris Rodgers complains that the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules on power plants could “cause Washington families to see higher energy…

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Comments | More in Climate change, Energy | Topics: climate change, environmental protection agency, U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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